Reader Opinions Invited
A lot of the mail that I've been getting asks about sequels. It seems that readers like
to find themselves back in familiar settings as much as writers enjoy creating them. So I
thought I'd invite a wider polling of views on thought to be giving to the next project.
The specific requests that I get are:
GIANTS SERIES (Inherit the Stars; The Gentle Giants of Ganymede; Giants' Star; Entoverse)
Requests for another in the series have been coming in ever since Entoverse
(1991). The two possibilities that have been suggested most often are:
- Koriel's story. Telling of the group of Lunarians who were stranded on the Moon after it
was orphaned from Minerva, made it to Earth, and after a period of reversion to
primitivism became the founders of the human race.
- Something set on the planet Minerva, showing life there and the conditions leading up to
the final cataclysmic war.
Now, to me, a genuine sequel means continuing to share the experiences of the
characters we have come to know. In this context that would mean somehow inserting Hunt,
Danchekker, and others into these scenarios. My response over the years has been that
there doesn't seem to be any way of doing it without some kind of time travel, and since
such a possibility was never intimated in any of the four existing books, to introduce it
suddenly now would feel unsatisfyingly "hokey."
Then, quite recently, a reader wrote to ask about causal conflicts in the accidental
transfer through time of the ships carrying the bad guys in Giants' Star, who later
became the Lambians. I sighed with exasperation that he hadn't understood it, and reread
the parts myself to refresh my memory before answering. And guess what. It was there all
the time— and the theory anticipated too, earlier in the book! I had totally
So the way is clear. We can go with either theme—or something different.
VOYAGE FROM YESTERYEAR
Clearly written with a sequel in mind, with a new mission to return to Earth being
prepared in the Epilogue. Many readers have said it's about time we launched it.
PATHS TO OTHERWHERE
The alternate realities provided by the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
offer an endless variety of world where things might have gone differently. A lot of
people would like to explore more of them.
CRADLE OF SATURN
The newest out, but letters are already coming in asking for more on the habitat out among
the Saturnian moons. Others want a return to Earth to see what the resculpted world looks
like, reconstruct what happened in its final days, and meet any survivors. (Jim Baen says
there couldn't have been any.) Actually, I had precisely such a trilogy in mind when I
wrote CoS, with Vicki as the protagonist of the second book, maybe, and a grown-up Robin
included in the mission as the protagonist for the third.
I've also had requests for a follow-up to OUTWARD
BOUND telling how Linc Marani made out.
And more micro-robot adventures/mayhem/chaos along the lines of BUG PARK.
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